Designer, developer, consultant and teacher — specialized in design systems and art direction for digital products.
What I Do
My core strength is my systematic approach for design: to create an inventory of composable and interchangeable parts to form a greater, wholesome system. This can be applied to any software or website (my main area of work) but also to brand design, print, even hardware/industrial design. Welcomed side effects are usually greater performance through less code as well as more consistency and clarity — benefits for both, users and creators.
Teaching & Consulting
Teaching and consulting are important aspects of my work. I held several in-house workshops at design and development companies. Since 2013 I am teaching a four-semester course on Interaction Design with emphasis on Human Centered Design and Psychology for Designers at the Berlin-based School for Games. In 2016/17 I taught programming with Scratch to younger kids (age 8–12) at Haba Digitalwerkstatt.
This is a brief collection of work samples from the last few years. More in-depth case studies might follow …
Career & Qualification
My current position is team lead at Yoshino — a Berlin-based company specialized in digital product development and design for health care related brands. In 2017/18 I was asked to build and lead their small interdisciplinary team of developers and designers. On a typical day, you find me switching between art direction, UX design, team management, frontend development and occasionally running performance reviews or job interviews.
Before Yoshino, I was working freelance. My jobs varied between design- and frontend-development gigs. Among my clients were mostly large agencies and sometimes Berlin-based startups. I was involved in projects for companies and brands like Volkswagen, BMW, MTV Networks, EMI Music, German and Swiss Television Channels (ARD, ZDF, Pro7, Sat1, SF), Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, eBay … and possibly more. However I dicovered that working for smaller clients usually came with more resposibility and impact on the overall project. I must say I mostly preferred that.
In-depth knowledge of professional layout/design software like Sketch, Photoshop, Illustrator etc.
Eye for clean, well-executed typography and layout
Focussed on designing component-based systems (with or without frameworks like Vue or React)
Proficient with related tools, preprocessors/transpilers and frameworks like LESS, SASS, NPM, Webpack and what not
Good knowledge of programming concepts, able to get stuff done in many languages, eg. PHP, C, BASH
Confident and enthusiastic speaker/presenter
Experienced teacher and mentor
Skilled team lead, experienced with planning and running job interviews, performance reviews, recource management, strategic meetings, motivation tactics, etc.
My first language is German. I am fluent in speaking and writing English. Mon français est nul.
I hold a diploma in design (2006, University of Applied Sciences, Germany) and I am a certified teacher for adult education (2017, AZAV, Germany).
My job has always allowed me to combine knowledge from different diciplines. Among many things I am somewhat skilled with woodworking, electronics, a bit of audio engineering and I always enjoy to learn about psychology, linguistics, politics, history, modern art and literature. One of my main drives is understanding and fixing stuff. The joy I gain from repairing an old but well-built thing often beats the experience from buying something new. This influences my work. I value robustness, sustainability, scalability, great documentation and I care for details.
And as corny as it may sound … music has always been my greatest passion. My most recent project is a dark wave band in which I sing, write the lyrics and play bass guitar. Since the very first time I heard the early tunes from Bauhaus, Joy Division, the Cure, etc. I was fascinated by the raw power and expression of such minimalist yet athmosperic music. These artists of the early, diverse Post-Punk era seemed to be obsessed with how much they could strip off and still achieve a maximum effect. The fascination for this approach never really left me.